No New Games

No New Games

Video games press is a tough business to stay on top of. New games are constantly releasing, and there are tons of websites and streamers covering those games immediately. I would love to buy every new game on day one and cover it, but I simply can’t afford to, nor do I have the time. Therefore, I’ve decided to let them have those games (unless there is one I feel I just can’t miss.) Instead, I will pick thru every clearance bin I see, and grab games I have never heard of (or have always wanted to play), as well as finally finishing up the games I already own. Some I will review, some I will stream, and some I will Live or Snap Look. We’ll see how I feel that moment. Please check back in, as I will be adding more as time goes on…

 

Very good game.  I recommend playing it with at least one other player at or around your level, though.  I started to get very frustrated playing by myself, so I opted to wait for reinforcements.  I would also like a few more options for customizing my character, as well, other than simple skins…and for God’s sake, shut that damn robot up.  The shooting feels really good, though, and the loot is addictive as hell.

 

 

Another really good game.  I’m a huge fan of Far Cry 3, and this is that on steroids.  The shooting feels good, and the environment is wonderful.  The main missions are captivating, as are the side quests.  I wish the skill trees were more inviting, though.  Overall, there were only a couple of skills that really enticed me.  That’s easily overlooked, though, as the gameplay is a ton of fun.  Those damned eagles are a menace, however.  They must be stopped.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced 

***UPDATE***

Red Dead Redemption 2 DELAYED until Spring 2018.

Yes, you read that right! Red Dead Redemption 2 is officially announced for Fall of 2017 for PS4 and XB1.  Oh yeah.

After a quick Twitter tease on Sunday (Oct. 16th, 2016) which simply showed the Rockstar logo in red, RS gave this press release this morning:

Rockstar Games®, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that the highly anticipated  Red Dead Redemption 2® will release worldwide in Fall 2017 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems and for the Xbox One games and entertainment system.

Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead RedemptionRed Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

“With  Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games.  “We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”

Watch the  Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Thursday October 20th at  www.rockstargames.com .

 

Rockstar followed up the tease with these Tweets:

Well, I’m excited.  The landscape is beautiful, and it made me want to revisit RDR1. I want to know more (as does everybody else), though. Sequel, prequel, alternate reality (probably not that last one)…Are we kid Marston? John back from the grave? Again, probably not that last one…Please not that last one…We just don’t know yet. But we shall, and when we shall, I…shall…report it to you, so check back!

How do you feel about that trailer?  Thoughts?  Concerns?  Theories?

New trailer!

Dutch, huh?  Fascinating…

No Man’s Sky Impressions and (Moderate) Coverage

No Man’s Sky Impressions and (Moderate) Coverage

*** I have been on vacation in the wilderness of the Show-Me state, and shall be for a spell.  No PS4, which means no No Man’s Sky for the duration, so please be patient, and definitely check back in a week or so. Until then, enjoy the random gameplay, and let me know what you think. ***

As you may have deduced from my No Man’s Sky Preview, I’m pretty damn excited for this game. I know the basics, I’m alone in a procedurally generated universe, and I need to make it to the center of the galaxy.  What I don’t know, is everything else. What will I see, and what creatures will I discover?  I’m about to find out, kiddos! Perhaps I’m hyped for nothing, and it’s not what I think it will be. Perhaps I’m right in the excitement…

*Possible spoilers ahead*

The first fifteen minutes recorded live:

After dying in a space battle yesterday, this Douglas Adams quote popped up:

Being as Douglas is my favorite author, I was naturally ecstatic to see this. But then, about an hour later,Voyageracross this beauty:

The Heart of Gold.  Zaphod must be near by…

I had no other option, than to name the planet, Magrathea.

 

Misc. gameplay footage. No commentary, just me playing the game.

I found a black hole!

…and then, the second before I reached the other side, the game crashed…yep…so I reloaded, and went through again.  Unfortunately, it didn’t record that footage for some reason.  However, I recorded some of where it took me, and I was able to snag some screen shots, too.

I’ve spent quite a few hours in NMS since it’s release, and, honestly, I’ve gotten a bit bored.  Regardless of others’ opinions, I do not blame Hello Games for this.  I blame myself, and my small attention span.  HG has provided me with a space sim worthy of boldly going.  However, it does get a bit repetitive.  Everything I wanted is there, aside from more diverse planets and systems.  Trading is simple and effective, if also repetitive (which is fine.  I don’t need a complex trade system. Easier the better.)  Crafting works very well, and there is a seemingly endless supply of new tech to build and upgrade.  My advice, just focus on what you need to propel your ship, and the rest can be had in any (so far) solar systems.  They all seem very similar, basically only changing the colors of the environments.  Although, on different accounts, I did see rather unique changes in wildlife and vegetation.  I have NOT made it to the center of the galaxy, nor have I solved the Atlas mystery.  I have been distracted by other external stimuli, as it were, and shifted my focus from Sci-Fi to Horror.  The space travel is fun, though, and I do intend to finish the game.  Hopefully before Halloween, as it is drawing near.

*UPDATE*

For the love of everything holy, upgrade your hyper drive. Before my upgrade,  I could only go as far as the next system in a warp jump.  This method takes a loooooong time if you are trying to reach the center, or are following the Atlas storyline. After the upgrade to only the Warp Reactor Sigma, I was able to jump the entire way to the next Atlas Interface…seen below. 

Also, just for kicks:

Following the Atlas path, and not currently heading toward the center of the galaxy, I have been to a system already discovered by another player. It was an odd feeling, I won’t lie. 

Also, being as I’ve decided to play as Tom Paris of Voyager separated from the ship with the Delta Flyer, I’ve had to consider the fact that Tom’s brainwashed. He should be heading toward the center, and back to Voyager.  Perhaps, however, he smelled a rat, and went undercover to expose the possibly evil Atlas…Either way, it has to play out now. It’s the only way…
As always, stay tuned, kiddos…

No Man’s Sky Preview

No Man’s Sky Preview

Let’s say a starship appears above my head one night. The inhabitants offer me the chance to leave Earth forever, and explore the galaxy in search of adventure and knowledge.  I say, “Hell yes.”  I then grab my family, and embark on my dream journey…Sounds good, and all, but that’s not going to happen.  What IS going to happen, is No Man’s Sky for the PS4 and PC.

No Man’s Sky may provide me with a hint of my dream, and I’ll damn sure take it.  Brought to us by Hello Games, NMS is a procedurally generated space adventure/exploration/survival game set in an infinite galaxy, where every planet, sun, animal and star can be visited and observed.  You are alone, and must collect items and materials to trade, in hopes of upgrading your ship and suit enough to survive.  One might ask, “Survive against what?” I may answer, “Who the hell knows.”  According to Hello Games, “Every creature, geological formation, plant and spaceship is unique.”  What are we going to find out there?  I don’t know, and right now, I’m having trouble containing myself…

Your mission is get to the center of the galaxy…MY mission is to pretend I’m Tom Paris of Star Trek: Voyager.  Apparently, while checking the Delta Flyer’s boosters just outside of range of Voyager’s tractor beam, Paris accidentally flew into a wormhole, sending him to the outer rings of the galaxy.  Now he must get back to Janeway…I believe I could also follow the story provided.  Perhaps they’ll mesh together…we shall see on August ni-..er…tenth!..when I actually get my hands on a copy. Until then, kiddos, enjoy some sweet screenshots, and a linked video or two!

P. S. The soundtrack, provided by 65daysofstatic, is damn good.

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Tune back in, as I’m sure I’ll have some more thoughts & rambles about this game.

For more information, please visit the official No Man’s Sky website here, as well as Hello Games here.

 

Vacation Days: The Final Day

My 7th day was all about air travel.  It was a long, and a fairly boring one after I arrived at KCI. My flight to Denver left right on time, with me only having to wait for about twenty minutes. Then an hour flight. Not bad…until I arrived in Denver, and had a 3 hour layover.  That’s also not so bad, except that I was stuck on the damn Woodfall Temple, and couldn’t find the last scattered fairy.
Frustrated, was I.  I still haven’t found it. I’m a disgrace…
Anyhow, when my plane started to finally board, I thought of George Carlin, and his airline bit involving “pre-boarding”…he was right. How does one pre-board? If you’re on, then you’re on. Well, I just boarded once.

I then sat on a very packed plane. Luckily, it didn’t smell too much of honey roasted peanuts, as I had had an incident with them as a child on a flight.

On my way out, I realized that I may have shared the flight with Eric Roberts’s brother, Larry Roberts. I never get to see the actual celebrity. Just the brothers. Always a brides maid…

Thinking back, though, I was able to snap a photo of Death’s horse from Darksiders II in the Denver airport.

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I arrived safely, and was greeted by my beautiful Amy, whom I missed terribly.  Thank you all for reading my posts, and stay tuned, as there will definitely be more to come.

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Vacation Days (Day 5)

If you’ve read my previous posts in this series, you may be wondering, “How did your day start this time, Chris?”

Crappy.  Sabretooth finally caught up with me.  I knew he had my scent from the other day at the Sheriff’s office…God help me.  He is the biggest cat-man I’ve ever seen, and I’ve had beers with The Puma of Portugal…Of course, that was after my internship for the mildly talented Federico Felinae, who wasn’t big, so much as barrel-chested.  Regardless, after a vigorous jaunt through the woods of the MO River Bottoms (A. K. A. running for my life), I settled in a cave apparently used for mining coal.  I prepared my brain for the morning stay, eventually assuming Logan finally caught up to ST, wrestling my approaching aggressor to the confines of an extra strong jail cell.

The rest of the day was pretty wonderful, as I was able to, once again, catch up with some beloved family.  I was blessed with an order of Mazzio’s Pizza (the ranch is so damn good), and a few rousing games of “UNO Attack!” at night.  I got whooped…bad…real bad…but it was fun.
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OK…so…you know how I claimed that I couldn’t get into Majora’s Mask?  Well, I gave it another shot, and I finally got the appeal.  The game is weird, quirky, colorful, and beautiful.  I dig it.  It sucked me in.  I’m very excited to play it on my plane ride home, and watch out for poorly captured screen shots…like so:

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My face playing Majora’s Mask until 2am.

Vacation Days (Day 3)

The day started pretty nicely again.

Saw Sabretooth in Marshall, MO.  I’m still on the lookout for Logan.  I hope he didn’t catch my scent…I’ll never shake that big bastard.

On the way home, we stopped by the wreckage site of the Steamboat Malta, which sank at the bend of the MO river in 1841 (hence the name, Malta Bend, MO) right around mile marker 275.

A documentary is apparently being filmed there, so watch for Rob and I hanging around in the back ground…we may just show up…

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(Photos courtesy of Robin Kalthoff)

Then I got to say goodbye to the fluff ball Skippy on her way to her new home.

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Tonight, I plan on catching up with some more friends and family, as we indulge in a feast of shrimp and beer.  I can’t think of a better Friday night, personally.

Later on…

Well, that was damn fun.  Ate, drank, told stories, and caught up with family and friends.  Good time.  I woke to a somewhat winning hand for a remarkably winning night.

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Stay tuned for more updates, kiddos…same Cold Castle time, same Cold Castle channel.